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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003058-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

 Subject:  Boeing-Airbus dispute between the United States and the EU: US tariffs and risks for Italy's agri-business sector
 Answer in writing 
The EU and the United States have been litigants since 2004 in opposing cases at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) concerning aid granted by them to the companies Airbus and Boeing respectively. The WTO has ruled these subsidies illegal and is now deciding the extent of the tariffs the USA will be able to apply to certain specific EU goods. The increased tariffs on EU imports will hit many Italian protected designation of origin products such as liqueurs and spirits, certain cold meats such as salami and mortadella, and Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, doubling the prices of these products in the United States. Italian producers fear the loss of a substantial share in the US market, which brings in USD 5.2 billion for the ‘Made in Italy’ agri-business sector. This will also benefit the production and marketing of fake Italian agri-business products. Given that Italy is, most unfairly, likely to be one of the countries most punished by the tariffs the USA will impose because of the Boeing-Airbus dispute (the latter is a Franco-German-led consortium, in which Italy plays no part):
1. What diplomatic action has the Commission taken, is taking and will take to stop tariffs being applied which are likely to inflict economic harm on Italy that could go as high as one billion dollars?
2. What will it do in the future to avoid trade wars and diplomatic disputes which always finish by hitting the agri-business sector, as has already happened with the Russian sanctions and subsequent embargo?
Original language of question: IT 
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